Registration Open for Washington Legislative Conference

The 2017 edition, which runs May 24-25, offers more time on Capitol Hill to maximize legislative opportunity.

The American Association for Homecare has opened up registration for its annual Washington Legislative Conference, which is slated for May 24-25 at Washington, D.C.'s Washington Court Hotel

The annual event mobilizes providers and other HME industry stakeholders to spend concentrated time lobbying lawmakers and legislative staff on behalf of pivotal industry issues. Attending this year’s event is critical, because it will give the industry an opportunity to leverage a friendlier HHS, which is now headed by longtime industry ally Secretary Tom Price, and a Congress and Administration that is looking to remove regulations that hamper business.

“I view the annual trip to DC as a responsibility for all leaders operating within this sector," said Gary Sheehan, president and CEO of Cape Medical Supply. Sheehan has attended the Washington Legislative Conference for longer than 10 years.

“During challenging times, it's impossible to look our team members in the face and tell them we are doing everything we can if we aren't taking the basic steps to educate our lawmakers about our services,” he continued. “Medicare’s price table sets the market within our industry sector — so whether we accept Medicare or not, we have an obligation to do what we can to rationalize their pricing and policies. It’s been a tough decade for us, but now is not the time to give up the fight, now is precisely the time for our industry to come together, point out the folly of Medicare’s ways and work together for positive change.”

“While we’re optimistic that we have a solid and productive working relationship with Secretary Tom Price and new staff and leadership at HHS and CMS, the HME community needs to continue to keep pressing our issues and concerns on Capitol Hill this year,” AAHomecare President and CEO Tom Ryan said.  “Even if our most likely path to a longer-term fix on rural reimbursement, meaningful improvements for the next round of competitive bidding, and excluding CRT accessories from bidding-derived pricing is likely to run through federal agencies, Congressional interest and support is essential to the process.”

To take advantage of this prime advocacy opportunity and provide additional time for providers to build relationships with their lawmakers, the association has shortened May 24’s educational program, concluding the sessions at 2 p.m. 

The 2017 event’s price has also been reduced to half the cost of last year’s registration fee, and is now $49 for AAHomecare members and $99 for nonmembers. Early bird room reservations through April 28 are $329 for a single and $349 for a double. Providers can register online at http://bit.ly/2nR7yIU or download a PDF version of the registration form at http://bit.ly/2nFXjXF.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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